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Education and training for learning disability practice: key messages from contemporary literature

Crickmore, Debbie; Wray, Jane


Debbie Crickmore

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Dr Jane Wray
Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor National Preceptorship Programme for England


Over the last quarter of a century, much attention has justifiably been given to the closure of long-stay hospitals and the subsequent community-based experiences of people with learning disabilities. This has inevitably led to debate regarding how best they might continue to be supported, and by whom. Having identified a range of accredited provision currently available to prepare or develop staff working with adults with learning disabilities in the United Kingdom, this article reviews a range of contemporary literature relating to education in learning disability health and social care that is typically produced and viewed in isolation. Four themes are identified: training social carers, user involvement, (inter)professional practice and work-based learning. Key messages emerge from these themes to form recommendations for the future education of learning disability practitioners across the workforce.


Crickmore, D., & Wray, J. (2009). Education and training for learning disability practice: key messages from contemporary literature. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 13(4), 291 - 304.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2009
Online Publication Date Dec 22, 2009
Publication Date Dec 31, 2009
Journal Journal of intellectual disabilities : JOID
Print ISSN 1744-6309
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Pages 291 - 304
Keywords Contemporary literature; Education; Learning disability practice; Training
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PMID 20048349

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